Sunday, March 25, 2018

Soulard Market

A couple of weeks back I had an idea.. I wanted to make vegetable beef soup. I didn't want to make just any vegetable beef soup. Oh no. That would be too easy. I wanted to make it from fresh vegetables that we got from Soulard Market on an early Saturday morning. 

John and I had been to Soulard Market several times but never really to buy anything. Weird, right? We first went to just see it and experience it. After that, we have been several times with my parents. My mom LOVES the fresh vegetables and the spice shop. I honestly think the Soulard Spice Shop is her favorite and then she just buys vegetables because they are there and such a good deal. 
 It is chock-full (I had no clue that is how you spell that phrase. I always thought it was chaulk full.) of spices, coffee, teas, and other fun goodies. Mom's favorites are Soulard Grill Spice, Garlic Romano, and Applewood Spice; Dad's favorite is Powdered Jalapeno.
 Normally this place is filled with people of all ages searching for vegetables and fruits. We got lucky on this day because it was dreary, and no one wanted to get out. Hell, even some of the vendors weren't setup. It was nice to be able to walk around and actually see what everyone was selling. We met some of the nicest vendors too!
We didn't buy an peppers, but I needed a picture of me actually looking at the vegetables. You know. For the blog. I thought it turned out cute. Scroll on down for John's try. He looks like he has never seen a cucumber before, and I love it.
 I was so proud of my picture of carrots until I got home and really looked at it. It looks like a basket full of.. I mean, you get it. However, the carrots were huge. We bought two for our vegetable beef soup, and it was way too many. We used them for the vegtable beef soup and a roast, and we still had to throw some of them away.
 Huh? Cucumber? I love him! He's such a trooper!
 Soulard Market has a fun atmosphere, especially when it gets warmer outside. It has been around since 1779, so if you are in the Soulard area, it's worth just walking passed even if you aren't in the need of fruits and veggies. There is also a meat market and flower shop here.

I'm nosey, so I love to see what other people are buying, especially people that are more of my age. One day I'm going to ask them what meal they are preparing because I just want to know. Usually you see lots of older people at farmer's markets, so it's nice to see people my age and younger going out and buying fresh veggies and fruits instead of always hitting up the drive-thru, which I am 100% guilty of doing.

PRO TIP: I highly recommend getting some tamales from Juan More Tamale. They are fantastic!